Drawing from direct observation is a foundational and integral part of the artistic experience. Almost every art piece begins with a drawing. No matter what medium you are working in whether it be drawing, painting, printmaking, architecture, or 3D media-sculpture, mosaic or ceramics, drawings will be intertwined with the creative process.
Through learning observational drawing skills, students will learn to make compositional choices as well as accurately depict form, light and shadow. Direct observation lessons are vital for building hand-eye coordination skills and all of these lessons exercise this important skill.
Body Proportions – Wooden Mannequin Drawing
Lesson #1: Body Proportions – Wooden Mannequin Sketchbook Assignment
Lesson #2: Mannequin White Charcoal Project
Draw the 6 Basic 3D forms: Sphere, Cylinder, Donuts, Cone, Pyramid, & Cube/Rectangular Prism. students will learn how to accurately “slice” through the forms to see inside them and render with full shading. They will then create a composition using cuts and slices of the 6 basic shapes.
High School Art & AP Studio Art Classes Breadth Enlargement Drawing
Small to Big – Enlargement Drawing was our first project for breadth in AP and I also had my advanced level students create it as well in hopes that they can perhaps put it in their portfolio if they choose to take AP in the future.
Students will use observational drawing skills to create an accurate drawing of a physically small object enlarged or magnified onto a large sheet of paper (so large it goes off the page on at least 3 sides). Apply knowledge of the “5 Elements of Shading” to render the drawing with a full range of values.
Review drawing angles of lines, curved lines, and ellipses using fluid motion swinging from the shoulder and elbow. Observe proportions and points of view. Analyze angles of objects and the slants of the contour edges using the sighting techniques. They will learn how to construct a cylinder and use directional lines to draw PVC pipes accurately. They will use a pencil to check proportions and compare proportions of various PVC pipes within the still life composition.
High school art students used observational skills and knowledge of 2 point perspective to accurately draw a LEGO sculpture that they composed. There are two separate lessons that either used charcoal or colored pencils to render the drawings.
The Sea Shell Pastel Lesson can apply to upper elementary art, middle school art, or high school art. Compose an interesting shell arrangement, practice observational skills and apply pastel techniques.
Supplies EVERY Artist Needs to Draw:
Mead Académie Spiral Sketchbook / Sketch Pad, Heavyweight Paper, 70 Sheets, 11 x 8.5 Inch Sheet Size, Staedtler Pencil Mars Lumograph, 12 Pieces Set, General Kimberly Watercolor Pencil set, General Charcoal Pencil Kit (12 piece)
Additional Technique Lessons:
Oil Pastel Worksheet, Dry Pastel Worksheet, Charcoal Worksheet, Drawing Pencil Set Value and Shading Worksheet, Color Pencil Worksheet
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